Victory at Gallipoli, 1915: The German-Ottoman Alliance in the First World War [EPUB]

Victory at Gallipoli, 1915: The German-Ottoman Alliance in the First World War [EPUB]
Victory at Gallipoli, 1915: The German-Ottoman Alliance in the First World War by Klaus Wolf, translated by Thomas P Iredale
2020 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781526768162 | 21.07MB

The German contribution in a famous Turkish victory at Gallipoli has been overshadowed by the Mustafa Kemal legend. The commanding presence of German General Liman von Sanders in the operations is well known. But relatively little is known about the background of German military intervention in Ottoman affairs.

Klaus Wolf fills this gap as a result of extensive research in the German records and the published literature. He examines the military assistance offered by the German Empire in the years preceding 1914 and the German involvement in ensuring that the Ottomans fought on the side of the Central Powers and that they made best use of the German military and naval missions.

He highlights the fundamental reforms that were required after the battering the Turks received in various Balkan wars, particularly in the Turkish Army, and the challenges that faced the members of the German missions.

When the allied invasion of Gallipoli was launched, German officers became a vital part of a robust Turkish defence – be it at sea or on land, at senior command level or commanding units of infantry and artillery. In due course German aviators were to be, in effect, founding fathers of the Turkish air arm; whilst junior ranks played an important part as, for example, machine gunners. This book is not only their missing memorial but a missing link in understanding the tragedy that was Gallipoli.

Mussolini's War: Fascist Italy from Triumph to Collapse, 1935-1943 [EPUB]

Mussolini's War: Fascist Italy from Triumph to Collapse, 1935-1943 [EPUB]
Mussolini's War: Fascist Italy from Triumph to Collapse, 1935-1943 by John Gooch
2020 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780241185704 | 52.5MB

From an acclaimed military historian, the definitive account of Italy's experience of the Second World War

While staying closely aligned with Hitler, Mussolini remained carefully neutral until the summer of 1940. Then, with the wholly unexpected and sudden collapse of the French and British armies, Mussolini declared war on the Allies in the hope of making territorial gains in southern France and Africa. This decision proved a horrifying miscalculation, dooming Italy to its own prolonged and unwinnable war, immense casualties and an Allied invasion in 1943 which ushered in a terrible new era for the country.

John Gooch's new book is the definitive account of Italy's war experience. Beginning with the invasion of Abyssinia and ending with Mussolini's arrest, Gooch brilliantly portrays the nightmare of a country with too small an industrial sector, too incompetent a leadership and too many fronts on which to fight.

Everywhere - whether in the USSR, the Western Desert or the Balkans - Italian troops found themselves against either better-equipped or more motivated enemies. The result was a war entirely at odds with the dreams of pre-war Italian planners - a series of desperate improvizations against Allies who could draw on global resources and against whom Italy proved helpless.

This remarkable book rightly shows the centrality of Italy to the war, outlining the brief rise and disastrous fall of the Italian military campaign.

China and Japan: Facing History [Audiobook]

China and Japan: Facing History [Audiobook]
China and Japan: Facing History [Audiobook]
Author: Ezra F. Vogel | Narrator: Eric Jason Martin
2020 | M4B@128 kbps + EPUB | 22 hours and 51 minutes | 1.22GB

China and Japan have cultural and political connections that stretch back 1,500 years. But today, their relationship is strained. China's military buildup deeply worries Japan, while Japan's brutal occupation of China in World War II remains an open wound. In recent years, less than 10 percent of each population had positive feelings toward the other, and both countries insist that the other side must deal openly with its history before relations can improve.

Ezra Vogel's China and Japan examines key turning points in Sino-Japanese history. Throughout much of their past, the two countries maintained deep cultural ties, but China, with its great civilization and resources, had the upper hand. Japan's success in modernizing in the 19th century and its victory in the 1895 Sino-Japanese War changed the dynamic, putting Japan in the dominant position. The bitter legacy of World War II has made cooperation difficult, despite efforts to promote trade and, more recently, tourism.

Vogel underscores the need for Japan to offer a thorough apology for the war, but he also urges China to recognize Japan as a potential vital partner in the region. He argues that for the sake of a stable world order, these two Asian giants must reset their relationship.

Superpower Interrupted: The Chinese History of the World [Audiobook]

Superpower Interrupted: The Chinese History of the World [Audiobook]
Superpower Interrupted: The Chinese History of the World [Audiobook]
Author: Michael Schuman | Narrator: Shawn Compton
2020 | M4B@128 kbps + EPUB | 13 hours and 24 minutes | 730.37MB

This global history as the Chinese would write it gives brilliant and unconventional insights for understanding China's role in the world, especially the drive to "Make China Great Again."

We in the West routinely ask: "What does China want?" The answer is quite simple: the superpower status it always had, but briefly lost.

In this colorful, informative story filled with fascinating characters, epic battles, influential thinkers, and decisive moments, we come to understand how the Chinese view their own history and how its narrative is distinctly different from that of Western civilization. More important, we come to see how this unique Chinese history of the world shapes China's economic policy, attitude toward the United States and the rest of the world, relations with its neighbors, positions on democracy and human rights, and notions of good government.

As the Chinese see it, for as far back as anyone can remember, China had the richest economy, the strongest military, and the most advanced philosophy, culture, and technology. The collision with the West knocked China's historical narrative off course for the first time, as its 5,000-year reign as an unrivaled superpower came to an ignominious end.

Ever since, the Chinese have licked their wounds and fixated on returning their country to its former greatness, restoring the Chinese version of its place in the world as they had always known it. For the Chinese, the question was never if they could reclaim their former dominant position in the world, but when.

Superpower Showdown: How the Battle Between Trump and Xi Threatens a New Cold War [Audiobook]

Superpower Showdown: How the Battle Between Trump and Xi Threatens a New Cold War [Audiobook]
Superpower Showdown: How the Battle Between Trump and Xi Threatens a New Cold War [Audiobook]
Authors: Bob Davis, Lingling Wei | Narrator: Rick Adamson
2020 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 15 hours and 40 minutes | 433.5MB

This is the inside story of the US-China trade war, how relations between these superpowers unraveled, darkening prospects for global peace and prosperity, as told by two Wall Street Journal reporters, one based in Washington, DC, the other in Beijing, who have had more access to the decision-makers in the White House and in China’s Zhongnanhai leadership compound than anyone else.

The trade battle between China and the US didn’t start with Trump and won’t end with him, argue Bob Davis and Lingling Wei. The two countries have a long and fraught political and economic history that has become more contentious over the past three years - an escalation that has negatively impacted both countries' economies and the world at large - and holds the potential for even more uncertainty and disruption. How did this standoff happen? How much are US presidents and officials who haven't effectively confronted or negotiated with China to blame? What role have Chinese leaders, and US business leaders who for decades acted as Beijing’s lobbyists in Washington, played in driving tensions between the two countries?

Superpower Showdown is the story of a romance gone bad. Uniquely positioned to tell the story, Davis and Wei have conducted hundreds of interviews with government and business officials in both nations over the seven years they have worked together writing for the Wall Street Journal. Analyzing US-China relations, they explain how we have reached this tipping point and look at where we could be headed.

Vivid and provocative, Superpower Showdown will help listeners understand the context of the trade war and prepare them for what may come next.

Iron Empires: Robber Barons, Railroads, and the Making of Modern America [Audiobook]

Iron Empires: Robber Barons, Railroads, and the Making of Modern America [Audiobook]
Iron Empires: Robber Barons, Railroads, and the Making of Modern America [Audiobook]
Author: Michael Hiltzik | Narrator: Nicholas Tecoksy
2020 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 14 hours and 57 minutes | 410.95MB
In 1869, when the final spike was driven into the Transcontinental Railroad, few were prepared for its seismic aftershocks. Once a hodgepodge of short, squabbling lines, America's railways soon exploded into a titanic industry helmed by a pageant of speculators, crooks, and visionaries. The vicious competition between empire builders such as Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jay Gould, J. P. Morgan, and E. H. Harriman sparked stock market frenzies, panics, and crashes; provoked strikes that upended the relationship between management and labor; transformed the nation's geography; and culminated in a ferocious two-man battle that shook the nation's financial markets to their foundations and produced dramatic, lasting changes in the interplay of business and government.

Spanning four decades and featuring some of the most iconic figures of the Gilded Age, Iron Empires reveals how the robber barons drove the country into the 20th century - and almost sent it off the rails.

Evil Geniuses: The Unmaking of America: A Recent History [Audiobook]

Evil Geniuses: The Unmaking of America: A Recent History [Audiobook]
Evil Geniuses: The Unmaking of America: A Recent History [Audiobook] by Kurt Andersen, read by the Author
2020 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 16 hours and 24 minutes | 450.93MB

When did America give up on fairness? The New York Times best-selling author of Fantasyland tells the epic history of how America decided that big business gets whatever it wants, only the rich get richer, and nothing should ever change - and charts a way back to the future.

During the 20th century, America managed to make its economic and social systems both more and more fair and more and more prosperous. A huge, secure, and contented middle class emerged. All boats rose together. But then the New Deal gave way to the Raw Deal. Beginning in the early 1970s, by means of a long war conceived of and executed by a confederacy of big business CEOs, the superrich, and right-wing zealots, the rules and norms that made the American middle class possible were undermined and dismantled. The clock was turned back on a century of economic progress, making greed good, workers powerless, and the market all-powerful while weaponizing nostalgia, lifting up an oligarchy that served only its own interests, and leaving the huge majority of Americans with dwindling economic prospects and hope.

Why and how did America take such a wrong turn? In this deeply researched and brilliantly woven cultural, economic, and political chronicle, Kurt Andersen offers a fresh, provocative, and eye-opening history of America's undoing, naming names, showing receipts, and unsparingly assigning blame - to the radical right in economics and the law, the high priests of high finance, a complacent and complicit Establishment, and liberal "useful idiots", among whom he includes himself.

Only a writer with Andersen's crackling energy, deep insight, and ability to connect disparate dots and see complex systems with clarity could make such a book both intellectually formidable and vastly entertaining. And only a writer of Andersen’s vision could reckon with our current high-stakes inflection point and show the way out of this man-made disaster.

How Ike Led: The Principles Behind Eisenhower's Biggest Decisions [Audiobook]

How Ike Led: The Principles Behind Eisenhower's Biggest Decisions [Audiobook]
How Ike Led: The Principles Behind Eisenhower's Biggest Decisions [Audiobook] by Susan Eisenhower, read by Bernadette Dunne
2020 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 12 hours and 40 minutes | 340.79MB

This program includes an audiobook exclusive introduction written and read by Susan Eisenhower and a newly remastered version of President Eisenhower's 1961 Farewell Address.

How Dwight D. Eisenhower led America through a transformational time - by a DC policy strategist, security expert, and his granddaughter.

Few people have made decisions as momentous as Eisenhower, nor has one person had to make such a varied range of them. From D-Day to Little Rock, from the Korean War to Cold War crises, from the Red Scare to the Missile Gap controversies, he was able to give our country eight years of peace and prosperity by relying on a core set of principles. These were informed by his heritage and upbringing, his strong character and his personal discipline, but he also avoided making himself the center of things. He tried to be the calmest man in the room, not the loudest. So instead of seeking to fulfill his personal desires and political needs, he pursued a course he called the "Middle Way" that tried to make winners on both sides of a situation.

In addition, Ike maintained a big picture view on any situation; he was a strategic, not an operational leader. He also ensured that he had all the information he needed to make a decision. His talent for envisioning a whole, especially in the context of the long game, and his ability to see causes and various consequences, explains his success as Allied Commander President. Then, after making a decision, he made himself accountable for it, prizing responsibility most of all his principles.

Susan Eisenhower's How Ike Led shows us not just what a great American did, but why - and what we can learn from him today.

Great Leaders Live Like Drug Addicts: How to Lead Like Your Life Depends on It [Audiobook]

Great Leaders Live Like Drug Addicts: How to Lead Like Your Life Depends on It [Audiobook]
Great Leaders Live Like Drug Addicts: How to Lead Like Your Life Depends on It [Audiobook] by Michael Brody-Waite, read by the Author
2020 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 6 hours and 42 minutes | 184.14MB

What if you learned that to lead well, you’d need to live like a drug addict?

During treatment for drug addiction, Michael Brody-Waite learned three principles that became the difference between life and death:

  • Practice rigorous authenticity
  • Surrender the outcome
  • Do uncomfortable work

Leaving rehab, Michael entered the workplace where he was shocked to see most business leaders doing what he had been taught would kill him. He began to see striking similarities between drug addiction and what he calls "mask addiction". Leaders everywhere were hiding their authentic selves in order to get what they wanted. They were doing things like:

  • Saying yes when they could say no
  • Hiding their weaknesses
  • Avoiding difficult conversations
  • Holding back their unique perspectives

Instead of chasing drugs, leaders were chasing professional, financial, and social success from behind a mask - to the detriment of themselves and the people around them. Thanks to his recovery, Michael’s three principles gave him an unlikely competitive advantage throughout his career, resulting in a level of success unexpected for a "drug addict".

In Great Leaders Live Like Drug Addicts, Michael explains what drug addicts do to recover and provides a step-by-step program you can use to break free from your mask addiction to thrive in both work and life. He equips you with the tools you need to live and lead mask-free - tools to enable you to stop following others, lead yourself, and become one of the dynamic, growing, authentic leaders this world desperately needs.

Champions Day: The End of Old Shanghai [EPUB]

Champions Day: The End of Old Shanghai [EPUB]
Champions Day: The End of Old Shanghai by James Carter
2020 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780393635942 | 24.77MB

How a single day revealed the history and foreshadowed the future of Shanghai.

It is November 12, 1941, and the world is at war. In Shanghai, just weeks before Pearl Harbor, thousands celebrate the birthday of China’s founding father, Sun Yat-sen, in a new city center built to challenge European imperialism. Across town, crowds of Shanghai residents from all walks of life attend the funeral of China’s wealthiest woman, the Chinese-French widow of a Baghdadi Jewish businessman whose death was symbolic of the passing of a generation that had seen Shanghai’s rise to global prominence. But it is the racetrack that attracts the largest crowd of all. At the center of the International Settlement, the heart of Western colonization―but also of Chinese progressivism, art, commerce, cosmopolitanism, and celebrity―Champions Day unfolds, drawing tens of thousands of Chinese spectators and Europeans alike to bet on the horses.

In a sharp and lively snapshot of the day’s events, James Carter recaptures the complex history of Old Shanghai. Champions Day is a kaleidoscopic portrait of city poised for revolution.

Tornado God: American Religion and Violent Weather [EPUB]

Tornado God: American Religion and Violent Weather [EPUB]
Tornado God: American Religion and Violent Weather by Peter J Thuesen
2020 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780190680282 | 21.84MB

One of the earliest sources of humanity's religious impulse was severe weather, which ancient peoples attributed to the wrath of storm gods. Enlightenment thinkers derided such beliefs as superstition and predicted they would pass away as humans became more scientifically and theologically sophisticated. But in America, scientific and theological hubris came face-to-face with the tornado, nature's most violent windstorm. Striking the United States more than any other nation, tornadoes have consistently defied scientists' efforts to unlock their secrets. Meteorologists now acknowledge that even the most powerful computers will likely never be able to predict a tornado's precise path.

Similarly, tornadoes have repeatedly brought Americans to the outer limits of theology, drawing them into the vortex of such mysteries as how to reconcile suffering with a loving God and whether there is underlying purpose or randomness in the universe. In this groundbreaking history, Peter Thuesen captures the harrowing drama of tornadoes, as clergy, theologians, meteorologists, and ordinary citizens struggle to make sense of these death-dealing tempests. He argues that, in the tornado, Americans experience something that is at once culturally peculiar (the indigenous storm of the national imagination) and religiously primal (the sense of awe before an unpredictable and mysterious power). He also shows that, in an era of climate change, the weather raises the issue of society's complicity in natural disasters. In the whirlwind, Americans confront the question of their own destiny-how much is self-determined and how much is beyond human understanding or control.

Starting with Ingredients: 100 Delicious Ways to Make Use of What You've Got [EPUB]

Starting with Ingredients: 100 Delicious Ways to Make Use of What You've Got [EPUB]
Starting with Ingredients: 100 Delicious Ways to Make Use of What You've Got by Aliza Green
2020 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780762470761 | 12.59MB

From apples and zucchini to delicious meals, revolutionize your home cooking with this colorful, cheerful, and neatly organized edition of a kitchen classic.

This reinvigorated, revamped collection of delightful dishes distills a master class for the home cook to its most enjoyable essentials. The brand-new Starting with Ingredients has a colorful, more easily digestible format, offering the very best and most versatile ingredient-driven recipes for every day. Navigate easily through more than 100 recipes with brightly colored tabs, sidebars, and culinary lore sprinkled throughout. Start with a few delicious ingredients:

  • Citrus
  • Chocolate
  • Summer fruits
  • Potatoes
  • Cheese
  • Greens
  • Tomatoes
  • Nuts
  • And more!

From apples to zucchini, there's a dish for that, developed by a seasoned chef for the home cook to savor. The perfect gift for yourself or someone else, Starting with Ingredients ends with meals that will be instant classics in your kitchen.

Chakras & Self-Care: Activate the Healing Power of Chakras with Everyday Rituals [EPUB]

Chakras & Self-Care: Activate the Healing Power of Chakras with Everyday Rituals [EPUB]
Chakras & Self-Care: Activate the Healing Power of Chakras with Everyday Rituals by Ambi Kavanagh
2020 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780593196687 | 34.41MB

Embrace the timeless teachings of the chakra system for peace of mind, better physical health, and a sense of alignment, fulfillment, and purpose.

The key to optimal health and well-being is within us, in powerful energy centers called chakras. Ancient cultures understood the sacred healing power of chakras and that self-care aligned with nature. In Chakras & Self-Care, you'll engage in a series of meditative exercises that activate and balance each of your seven main chakras. Reiki master and wellness expert Ambi Kavanagh also offers daily and seasonal rituals to show us that true prevention not only comes from the ways we care for our bodies, but the ways we spend our energy.

Chakras & Self-Care features:

  • Affirmation, visualization, and activation exercises to align and balance each chakra for improved energetic flow
  • A comprehensive guide to the seven main chakras plus astrological and elemental correspondences and goddess archetypes
  • Essential oil blend recipes and sacred stones to open and support each chakra
  • Daily rituals to recharge and restore your mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health
  • Seasonal energy rituals to reconnect with nature's rhythms and lunar cycles

The Inner Self: The joy of discovering who we really are [EPUB]

The Inner Self: The joy of discovering who we really are [EPUB]
The Inner Self: The joy of discovering who we really are by Hugh Mackay
2020 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781760787745 | 0.71MB

The Inner Self is a book about the ways we hide from the truth about ourselves and the psychological freedom we enjoy when we finally face that most searching question of all: 'Who am I, really?'

Hugh Mackay explores our 'top 20' hiding places - from addiction to materialism, nostalgia to victimhood. He explains how it is our fear of love's demands that drive us into hiding.

He argues that love is our highest ideal, the richest source of life's meaning and purpose, and the key to our emotional security, personal serenity and confidence.

Yet Mackay exposes the great paradox of human nature, that while love brings out our best, we don't always want our best brought forward.

Powerfully written and drawing on a lifetime of research, The Inner Self is a work of extraordinary insight by one of Australia's most respected psychologists.

The Russian Economy: A Very Short Introduction [EPUB]

The Russian Economy: A Very Short Introduction [EPUB]
The Russian Economy: A Very Short Introduction by Richard Connolly
2020 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780198848905 | 0.98MB

Russia today is as prominent in international affairs as it was at the height of the Cold War. Yet the role that the economy plays in supporting Russia's position as a 'great power' on the international stage is poorly understood. For many, Russia's political influence far exceeds its weight in the global economy. However, Russia is one of the largest economies in the world; it is not only one of the world's most important exporters of oil and gas, but also of other natural resources, such as diamonds and gold. Its status as one of the largest wheat and grain exporters shapes commodity prices across the globe, while Russia's enormous arms industry, second only to the United States, provides it with the means to pursue an increasingly assertive foreign policy.

All this means that Russia's economy is crucial in serving the country's political objectives, both within Russia and across the world. Russia today has a distinctly political type of economy that is neither the planned economy of the Soviet era, nor a market-based economy of the Euro-Atlantic variety. Instead, its economic system is characterised by a unique blend of state and market; control and freedom; and natural resources alongside human ingenuity.

The Russian Economy: A Very Short Introduction introduces readers to the dimensions of the Russian economy that are often ignored by the media and public figures, or exaggerated and misunderstood. In doing so, it shows how Russia's economy is one of global significance, and helps explain why many of Russia's enduring features, such as the heavy hand of the state and the emphasis on military-industrial production, have persisted despite the immense changes that took place after the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Triathlon Anatomy, 2nd Edition [EPUB]

Triathlon Anatomy, 2nd Edition [EPUB]
Triathlon Anatomy, 2nd Edition by Mark Klion, Jonathan Cane
2020 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781492588801 | 100.59MB

See what it takes to maximize multisport strength, power, speed, and endurance.

Let Triathlon Anatomy, Second Edition, prepare you for the starting line and show you how to reach your personal best by increasing muscular strength and optimizing the efficiency of every movement.

Triathlon Anatomy features 74 of the most effective multisport exercises with step-by-step descriptions and full-color anatomical illustrations highlighting the muscles in action. But you’ll see much more than the exercises—you’ll also see the results.

For each exercise, a Triathlon Focus feature illustrates how the movement is fundamentally linked to performance in each sport. You’ll see how to strengthen muscles and increase stamina for cycling steep inclines, running across various terrains, and swimming in open water.

You’ll learn how to modify exercises to target specific areas, reduce muscle tension, and minimize common injuries. Best of all, you’ll learn how to put it all together to develop a training program based on your individual needs and goals.

Whether you’re training for your first triathlon or preparing for your next Ironman, Triathlon Anatomy will ensure you’re ready to deliver your personal best.

Statement Macramé: Create Stunning Large-Scale Wall Art, Headboards, Backdrops and Plant Hangers with Step-by-Step Tutorials [EPUB]

Statement Macramé: Create Stunning Large-Scale Wall Art, Headboards, Backdrops and Plant Hangers with Step-by-Step Tutorials [EPUB]
Statement Macramé: Create Stunning Large-Scale Wall Art, Headboards, Backdrops and Plant Hangers with Step-by-Step Tutorials by Natalie Ranae
2020 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781645670070 | 159.51MB

Make Your Large-Scale Macramé Dreams Come True

If you’ve ever seen a stunning piece of macramé and dreamed of someday being able to make your own . . . now you can! Consider this book your master class on creating large-scale macramé. Natalie Ranae is renowned for her large custom designs. As the follow-up to her bestselling introductory book Macramé at Home, here she takes things up a notch. Combining her years of design expertise and friendly teaching style, Natalie guides you step by step through 12 amazing pieces. From floor-to-ceiling backdrops for your wedding or special event to impressive wall art and multi-plant hangers for your home, these designs are big, bold, beautiful and guaranteed to make an unforgettable statement in any space. Natalie also shares two design tutorials for her most popular macramé pieces: headboards.

These showstopping pieces are best suited for those with previous experience in macramé. The process is achievable thanks to Natalie’s detailed directions and step-by-step photos. Whether you recreate the designs exactly as shown, make your own modifications or use this as an inspiring look-book, every page will have you swooning over Natalie’s boho-chic style and the intricate details in these stunning macramé pieces.

Star Settlers: The Billionaires, Geniuses, and Crazed Visionarie [Audiobook]

Star Settlers: The Billionaires, Geniuses, and Crazed Visionarie [Audiobook]
Star Settlers: The Billionaires, Geniuses, and Crazed Visionarie [Audiobook] by Fred Nadis, read by Peter Berkrot
2020 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 10 hours and 11 minutes | 280.04MB

The story behind the elite scientists, technologists, SF enthusiasts, and billionaires who believe that humanity’s destiny is to populate the stars....

Does humanity have a destiny "in the stars"? Should a species triggering massive extinctions on its own planet instead stay put? This new book traces the waxing and waning of interest in space settlement through the decades, and offers a journalistic tour through the influential subculture attempting to shape a multiplanetary future.

What motivates figures such as billionaires Elon Musk and Yuri Milner? How important have science fiction authors and filmmakers been in stirring enthusiasm for actual space exploration and settlement? Is there a coherent motivating philosophy and ethic behind the spacefaring dream?

Star Settlers offers both a historical perspective and a journalistic window into a peculiar subculture packed with members of the scientific, intellectual, and economic elite, and captures the extra-scientific zeal for space travel and settlement, places it in its historical context, and tackles the somewhat surreal conceptions underlying the enterprise and prognoses for its future.

The Last Stargazers: The Enduring Story of Astronomy's Vanishing Explorers [Audiobook]

The Last Stargazers: The Enduring Story of Astronomy's Vanishing Explorers [Audiobook]
The Last Stargazers: The Enduring Story of Astronomy's Vanishing Explorers [Audiobook] by Emily Levesque, read by Janet Metzger
2020 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 11 hours and 20 minutes | 314.68MB

The story of the people who see beyond the stars

Humans from the earliest civilizations were spellbound by the night sky - craning their necks each night, they used the stars to orient themselves in the large, strange world around them. Stargazing is a pursuit that continues to fascinate us: from Copernicus to Carl Sagan, astronomers throughout history have spent their lives trying to answer the biggest questions in the universe. Now, award-winning astronomer Emily Levesque shares the stories of modern-day stargazers, the people willing to adventure across high mountaintops and to some of the most remote corners of the planet, all in the name of science.

From the lonely quiet of midnight stargazing to tall tales of wild bears loose in the observatory, The Last Stargazers is a love letter to astronomy and an affirmation of the crucial role that humans can and must play in the future of scientific discovery.

In this sweeping work of narrative science, Levesque shows how astronomers in this scrappy and evolving field are going beyond the machines to infuse creativity and passion into the stars and inspires us all to peer skyward in pursuit of the universe's secrets.

Fallout: The Hiroshima Cover-Up and the Reporter Who Revealed It to the World [Audiobook]

Fallout: The Hiroshima Cover-Up and the Reporter Who Revealed It to the World [Audiobook]
Fallout: The Hiroshima Cover-Up and the Reporter Who Revealed It to the World [Audiobook] by Lesley M M Blume, read by Fred Sanders
2020 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 6 hours and 52 minutes | 188.9MB

New York Times best-selling author Lesley M.M. Blume reveals how one courageous American reporter uncovered one of the deadliest cover-ups of the 20th century - the true effects of the atom bomb - potentially saving millions of lives.

Just days after the United States decimated Hiroshima and Nagasaki with nuclear bombs, the Japanese surrendered unconditionally. But even before the surrender, the US government and military had begun a secret propaganda and information suppression campaign to hide the devastating nature of these experimental weapons. The cover-up intensified as Occupation forces closed the atomic cities to Allied reporters, preventing leaks about the horrific long-term effects of radiation that would kill thousands during the months after the blast. For nearly a year the cover-up worked - until New Yorker journalist John Hersey got into Hiroshima and managed to report the truth to the world.

As Hersey and his editors prepared his article for publication, they kept the story secret - even from most of their New Yorker colleagues. When the magazine published "Hiroshima" in August 1946, it became an instant global sensation and inspired pervasive horror about the hellish new threat that America had unleashed. Since 1945, no nuclear weapons have ever been deployed in war partly because Hersey alerted the world to their true, devastating impact. This knowledge has remained among the greatest deterrents to using them since the end of World War II.

Released on the 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing, Fallout is an engrossing detective story, as well as an important piece of hidden history that shows how one heroic scoop saved - and can still save - the world.

The Apocalypse Factory: Plutonium and the Making of the Atomic Age [Audiobook]

The Apocalypse Factory: Plutonium and the Making of the Atomic Age [Audiobook]
The Apocalypse Factory: Plutonium and the Making of the Atomic Age [Audiobook] by Steve Olson, read by Jonathan Yen
2020 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 11 hours and 9 minutes | 306.7MB
It began with plutonium, the first element ever manufactured in quantity by humans. Fearing that the Germans would be the first to weaponize the atom, the United States marshaled brilliant minds and seemingly inexhaustible bodies to find a way to create a nuclear chain reaction of inconceivable explosive power. In a matter of months, the Hanford nuclear facility was built to produce and weaponize the enigmatic and deadly new material that would fuel atomic bombs. In the desert of Eastern Washington State, far from prying eyes, scientists Glenn Seaborg, Enrico Fermi, and many thousands of others manufactured plutonium for the bomb dropped on Nagasaki and for the bombs in the current American nuclear arsenal, enabling the construction of weapons with the potential to end human civilization.

With his characteristic blend of scientific clarity and storytelling, Steve Olson asks why Hanford has been largely overlooked in histories of the Manhattan Project and the Cold War. Olson recounts how a small Washington town played host to some of the most influential scientists and engineers in American history as they sought to create the substance at the core of the most destructive weapons ever created. The Apocalypse Factory offers a new generation this dramatic story of human achievement and, ultimately, of lethal hubris.

12 Seconds of Silence: How a Team of Inventors, Tinkerers, and Spies Took Down a Nazi Superweapon [Audiobook]

12 Seconds of Silence: How a Team of Inventors, Tinkerers, and Spies Took Down a Nazi Superweapon [Audiobook]
12 Seconds of Silence: How a Team of Inventors, Tinkerers, and Spies Took Down a Nazi Superweapon [Audiobook] by Jamie Holmes, read by Chris Mayers
2020 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 12 hours and 31 minutes | 347.84MB

The riveting story of the American scientists, tinkerers, and nerds who solved one of the biggest puzzles of World War II - and developed one of the most powerful weapons of the war.

12 Seconds of Silence is the remarkable, lost story of how a ragtag group of American scientists overcame one of the toughest problems of World War II: shooting things out of the sky.

Working in a secretive organization known as Section T, a team of physicists, engineers, and everyday Joes and Janes took on a devilish challenge. To help the Allies knock airplanes out of the air, they created one of the world’s first “smart weapons”. Against overwhelming odds and in a race against time, mustering every scrap of resource, ingenuity, and insight, the scientists of Section T would eventually save countless lives, rescue the city of London from the onslaught of a Nazi superweapon, and help bring about the Axis defeat. A holy grail sought after by Allied and Axis powers alike, their unlikely innovation ranks with the atomic bomb as one of the most revolutionary technologies of the Second World War. Until now, their tale was largely untold.

For fans of Erik Larson and Ben Macintyre, set amid the fog of espionage, dueling spies, and the dawn of an age when science would determine the fate of the world, 12 Seconds of Silence is a tribute to the extraordinary wartime mobilization of American science and the ultimate can-do story.

The Grifter's Club: Trump, Mar-a-Lago, and the Selling of the Presidency [Audiobook]

The Grifter's Club: Trump, Mar-a-Lago, and the Selling of the Presidency [Audiobook]
The Grifter's Club: Trump, Mar-a-Lago, and the Selling of the Presidency [Audiobook] by Sarah Blaskey, Nicholas Nehamas, Caitlin Ostroff, Jay Weaver, read by P.J. Ochlan
2020 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hours and 32 minutes | 209.56MB

An astonishing look inside the gilded gates of Mar-a-Lago, the palatial resort where President Trump conducts government business with little regard for ethics, security, or even the law.

Donald Trump's opulent Palm Beach club Mar-a-Lago has thrummed with scandal since the earliest days of his presidency. Long known for its famous and wealthy clientele, the resort's guest list soon started filling with political operatives and power-seekers. Meanwhile, as Trump rebranded Mar-a-Lago "the Winter White House" and began spending weekends there, state business spilled out into full view of the club's members, and vast sums of taxpayer money and political donations began flowing into its coffers and into the pockets of the president.

The Grifter's Club is a breakthrough account of the impropriety, intrigue, and absurdity that has been on display in the place where the president is at his most relaxed. In this audiobook, a team of prizewinning Miami Herald journalists reveal the activities and motivations of the strange array of charlatans and tycoons who populate its halls. Some peddle influence, some seek inside information, and some just want to soak up the feeling of unfettered access to the world's most powerful leaders.

With the drama of an expose and the edgy humor of a Carl Hiaasen novel, The Grifter's Club takes you behind the velvet ropes of this exclusive club and into its bizarre world of extravagance and scandal.

It Was All a Lie: How the Republican Party Became Donald Trump [Audiobook]

It Was All a Lie: How the Republican Party Became Donald Trump [Audiobook]
It Was All a Lie: How the Republican Party Became Donald Trump [Audiobook] by Stuart Stevens, read by Dan John Miller
2020 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 5 hours and 37 minutes | 156.38MB
From the most successful Republican political operative of his generation, a searing, unflinching, and deeply personal exposé of how his party became what it is today.

Stuart Stevens spent decades electing Republicans at every level, from presidents to senators to local officials. He knows the GOP as intimately as anyone in America, and in this new audiobook, he offers a devastating portrait of a party that has lost its moral and political compass.

This is not an audiobook about how Donald J. Trump hijacked the Republican Party and changed it into something else. Stevens shows how Trump is in fact the natural outcome of five decades of hypocrisy and self-delusion, dating all the way back to the civil rights legislation of the early 1960s. Stevens shows how racism has always lurked in the modern GOP's DNA, from Goldwater's opposition to desegregation to Ronald Reagan's welfare queens and states' rights rhetoric. He gives an insider's account of the rank hypocrisy of the party's claims to embody "family values" and shows how the party's vaunted commitment to fiscal responsibility has been a charade since the 1980s. When a party stands for nothing, he argues, it is only natural that it will be taken over by the loudest and angriest voices in the room.

It Was All a Lie is not just an indictment of the Republican Party, but a candid and often lacerating mea culpa. Stevens is not asking for pity or forgiveness; he is simply telling us what he has seen firsthand. He helped to create the modern party that kneels before a morally bankrupt con man, and now he wants nothing more than to see what it has become burned to the ground.

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents [Audiobook]

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents [Audiobook]
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents [Audiobook] by Isabel Wilkerson, read by Robin Miles
2020 | M4B@96 kbps + EPUB | 14 hours and 26 minutes | 603.9MB

The Pulitzer Prize-winning, best-selling author of The Warmth of Other Suns examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions.

In this brilliant book, Isabel Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings.

Beyond race, class, or other factors, there is a powerful caste system that influences people’s lives and behavior and the nation’s fate. Linking the caste systems of America, India, and Nazi Germany, Wilkerson explores eight pillars that underlie caste systems across civilizations, including divine will, bloodlines, stigma, and more. Using riveting stories about people - including Martin Luther King, Jr., baseball’s Satchel Paige, a single father and his toddler son, Wilkerson herself, and many others - she shows the ways that the insidious undertow of caste is experienced every day. She documents how the Nazis studied the racial systems in America to plan their out-cast of the Jews; she discusses why the cruel logic of caste requires that there be a bottom rung for those in the middle to measure themselves against; she writes about the surprising health costs of caste, in depression and life expectancy, and the effects of this hierarchy on our culture and politics. Finally, she points forward to ways America can move beyond the artificial and destructive separations of human divisions, toward hope in our common humanity.

Beautifully written, original, and revealing, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents is an eye-opening story of people and history, and a reexamination of what lies under the surface of ordinary lives and of American life today.

Four Threats: The Recurring Crises of American Democracy [Audiobook]

Four Threats: The Recurring Crises of American Democracy [Audiobook]
Four Threats: The Recurring Crises of American Democracy [Audiobook] by Suzanne Mettler, Robert C. Lieberman, read by Andrea Gallo
2020 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 13 hours and 10 minutes | 361.91MB

An urgent, historically grounded take on the four major factors that undermine American democracy, and what we can do to address them.

While many Americans despair of the current state of US politics, most assume that our system of government and democracy itself are invulnerable to decay. Yet when we examine the past, we find that to the contrary, the United States has undergone repeated crises of democracy, from the earliest days of the republic to the present.

In The Four Threats, Robert C. Lieberman and Suzanne Mettler explore five historical episodes when democracy in the United States was under siege: the 1790s, the Civil War, the Gilded Age, the Depression, and Watergate. These episodes risked profound, even fatal, damage to the American democratic experiment, and on occasion antidemocratic forces have prevailed. From this history, four distinct characteristics of democratic disruption emerge. Political polarization, racism and nativism, economic inequality, and excessive executive power - alone or in combination - have threatened the survival of the republic, but it has survived, so far. What is unique, and alarming, about the present moment is that all four conditions are present in American politics today.

This formidable convergence marks the contemporary era as an especially grave moment for democracy in the United States. But history provides a valuable repository from which contemporary Americans can draw lessons about how democracy was eventually strengthened - or in some cases weakened - in the past. By revisiting how earlier generations of Americans faced threats to the principles enshrined in the Constitution, we can see the promise and the peril that have led us to the present and chart a path toward repairing our civic fabric and renewing democracy.

King Philip's War: The History and Legacy of America's Forgotten Conflict [Audiobook]

King Philip's War: The History and Legacy of America's Forgotten Conflict [Audiobook]
King Philip's War: The History and Legacy of America's Forgotten Conflict [Audiobook] by Eric B. Schultz, Michael J. Tougias, read by Tom Perkins
2020 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 11 hours and 58 minutes | 327.15MB

The harrowing story of one of America's first and costliest wars - featuring a new foreword by best-selling author Nathaniel Philbrick

At once an in-depth history of this pivotal war and a guide to the historical sites where the ambushes, raids, and battles took place, King Philip's War expands our understanding of American history and provides insight into the nature of colonial and ethnic wars in general. Through a careful reconstruction of events, including first-person accounts, and by providing information on the exact locations of more than 50 battles, King Philip's War is useful as well as informative. Students of history, colonial war buffs, those interested in Native American history, and anyone who is curious about how this war affected a particular New England town, will find important insights into one of the most seminal events to shape the American mind and continent.

The Unfathomable Ascent: How Hitler Came to Power [Audiobook]

The Unfathomable Ascent: How Hitler Came to Power [Audiobook]
The Unfathomable Ascent: How Hitler Came to Power [Audiobook] by Peter Ross Range, read by Paul Hodgson
2020 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 13 hours and 7 minutes | 360.46MB

The chilling and little-known story of Adolf Hitler's eight-year march to the pinnacle of German politics.

On the night of January 30, 1933, Adolf Hitler leaned out of a spotlit window of the Reich chancellery in Berlin, bursting with joy. The moment seemed unbelievable, even to Hitler. After an improbable political journey that came close to faltering on many occasions, his march to power had finally succeeded.

While the path of Hitler's rise has been told in books covering larger portions of his life, no previous work has focused solely on his eight-year climb to rule: 1925-1933. Renowned author Peter Ross Range brings this period back to startling life with a narrative history that describes brushes with power, quests for revenge, nonstop electioneering, American-style campaign tactics, and - for Hitler - moments of gloating triumph followed by abject humiliation.

Indeed, this is the tale of a high-school dropout's climb from the infamy of a failed coup to the highest office in Europe's largest country. It is a saga of personal growth and lavish living, a melodrama rife with love affairs and even suicide attempts. But it is also the definitive account of Hitler's unrelenting struggle for control over his raucous movement, as he fought off challenges, built and bullied coalitions, quelled internecine feuds, and neutralized his enemies - all culminating in the creation of the Third Reich and the Western world's descent into darkness. One of the most dramatic and important stories in world history, Hitler's ascent spans Germany's wobbly recovery from World War I through years of growing prosperity and, finally, into crippling depression.

AOC: The Fearless Rise and Powerful Resonance of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez [Audiobook]

AOC: The Fearless Rise and Powerful Resonance of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez [Audiobook]
AOC: The Fearless Rise and Powerful Resonance of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez [Audiobook] by Lynda Lopez, read by Cary Hite, Marisa Blake
2020 | M4B@128 kbps + EPUB | 5 hours and 23 minutes | 295.22MB

From the moment Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez beat a 10-term incumbent in the primary election for New York’s 14th on June 26, 2018, her journey to the national, if not world, stage was fast-tracked. Six months later, as the youngest congresswoman ever elected, AOC became one of a handful of Latina politicians in Washington, DC. Not yet 30, she inspires adulation; she represents her generation, the millennials, in many groundbreaking ways: proudly working-class, democratic socialist, of Puerto Rican descent, not to mention of the Bronx, feminist - and a great dancer.

At the same time, the outpouring of vitriol against her has been formidable. But with her social-media savvy and sharp wit, she fights back, creating memes and quotable lines like "Don't hate me cause you ain't me". She goes viral whenever she takes the floor, inspiring young progressives and frustrating conservatives.

Lynda Lopez's AOC investigates the many meanings of this remarkable young woman. Contributors span a wide range of voices and ages, from media to the arts and politics. Published on the one-year anniversary of her leap to power, this audiobook will be a must-have item for her many fans.